Aerial views of Fuerteventura

This is my 4th compilation of aerial images of flying around the Canary Islands; in this post I’ll share with you some images of Fuerteventura.

Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands.

If you have missed my previous compilations, you can see them here: Tenerife, La Gomera and La Palma.

Hope you’ll enjoy the views as I did enjoyed them when flying around Fuerteventura!

Stay safe and safe landings!

Aerial views of La Palma

This is my third compilation of aerial images of flying around the Canary Islands; in this post I’ll share with you some images of La Palma. If you have missed my previous compilations, you can see them here: Tenerife and La Gomera.

Hope you’ll enjoy the views as I did enjoyed them when flying around La Palma!

Stay safe and safe landings!

 

If you wish to fly around the island in 2:48, watch this video:

Around La Palma in 2:48 minutes

Around La Palma in 2:48 minutes

 

Aerial views of La Gomera

Second compilation of my aerial images is coming from the island La Gomera.

Enjoy them!

Aerial views of Tenerife

Nothing more, nothing less… Just to though to fetch together a couple of images of Tenerife… Well, exactly 24 :-).  Hope you’ll like them!

 

Got my MCC certificate

MCC stands for multiple crew cooperation. This additional training is required to fly in a multipilot aircraft with crew consisting of at least 2 members.

And as the initial idea is to fly a plane consisting of 2 pilots, I had to go through this training as well… So let’s get back to school.

Starting my MCC course at GTA Madrid

Starting my MCC course at GTA Madrid

I did my training at Global Aviation Training in Madrid, and my colleague and me, we were very satisfied with the high level of the training. Our instructors were highly experienced and active pilots with more than 15 years of flying experience.

In total we spent 10 days at GTA; 5 days of theoretical classes and 5 days simulator sessions in the ATR72-500. During the first 5 days we learned a lot about the ATR72-500 systems and procedures, and started to learn to work not as a single pilot, but in a team of two.

At the beginning a bit challenging, because we faced a new plane, procedures and new way of dividing tasks as a team, but it was improving with the time.

This is where it all started... ATR72-500 cockpit mock-up

This is where it all started… ATR72-500 cockpit mock-up

Finally, after 5 days of classes, there was this “magical” moment of getting into “the pleasure room” that we were so much looking for. For the most pilots are these “dancing boxes” a real headache, because they stand there not for having fun in them, but to prove that everything that can go wrong, will go wrong, and you will have to face it.

The pleasure room

The pleasure room

And this one was ours… ATR72-500 (Pitty that it wouldn’t fix in my garage lol)

ATR72-500 FFS at GTA Madrid

ATR72-500 FFS at GTA Madrid

The cockpit is identical with a real plane:

500 FFS

One of the highlights was a simulation of an emergency descent after a cabin decompression, using oxygen masks. I have to say, something I haven’t done before; and definitely very interesting.

After an emergency descent drill...

After an emergency descent drill…

After 10 days of hard work and studying, we are done! 😀

MCC Course done!

MCC Course done!

In the free time, we have also visited the other 2 simulators; which are new and have a far better visual graphics (however it doesn’ matter, because most of the time we were flying in IMC conditions with no views…). In addition to the FFS ATR72-600 and Boeing 737NG, there is another FNPT II simulator of an Airbus A320. Of course, I had to capture these moments:

And it was a pitty that it didn’t work out to try the slide of the A320. Maybe for the next time!

Safe landings! 😀

Emergency slide A320

Emergency slide A320

Got my commercial pilot licence

I had to wait 3 years to write this post! 

It was not easy, but it was worth it! Lots of of late nights, early mornings, lots of stress and no social life… But I’ve managed to reach my personal goal and proved myself that anything you can imagine is possible. 

Now I can call myself a commercial pilot! 👨🏻‍✈️💪🏼

Many thanks to all of you and the whole universe for all the support and to help me to achieve this! 👨🏻‍✈️😊🙌🍀

I’m very happy and thankful for this moment! 😊

 

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My first Ferry Flight Part 2

If you haven’t read the first part, you can read it here.

So the journey continues. Reaching some 3.000 feet I’ve turned on the autopilot and became (what I was learning about) a “pilot monitoring”. Monitoring the Garmin 1000, which is absolutely great. At the beginning it looked so complicated to me as I was used to fly the old steam gauges PA28 and now on every flight I’m discovering more and more about this fantastic tool. And if 2 screens are not enough, you can mount as me the Ipad as well. I had all my Jeppesen charts on it and also as mentioned the Foreflight app just to double check that we were on track :-D.

Views shortly after take off from Jerez de La Frontera

Views shortly after take off from Jerez de La Frontera

First leg took us in total 3:40 hours; flying IFR route. Good visibility and weather made us company down to Essaouira, where it was a bit windy (surface wind 010/26 G30), so landing on a RWY34 we had 13kts crosswind from the right.

Here are some imagines from the first leg of the journey:

 

It’s difficult to chose from so many images I’ve made on this trip. The staff at the airport was very friendly, we have ordered something to eat and also delicious moroccan tea!

The good news was that there is free Wifi available at Essaouira Airport :-D.

Free Wifi at Essaouira airport

Free Wifi at Essaouira airport

Our late lunch:

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After a quick “pit stop”, emptying our “tanks” after almost 4 hours, refueling the plane, filing a new flight plan, paying the taxes (around 15€), we were ready to go as number too. It could have taken less, but just after us a Transavia’s 737 landed and was serviced first. So we had to wait again… 😀

Transavia's Boeing 737

Transavia’s Boeing 737

The fuel track is finally here!!!

The fuel track is finally here!!!

Ready to go

Ready to go

Next almost 2 hours were just above the sea. Sometimes when you think it’s a strange feeling if you see on the Garmin that the nearest airport is either 100NM ahead of behind you…

Somewhere between Essaouira and the Canaries

Above Lanzarote

Above Lanzarote

Canaries were covered by clouds. Later we were flying more into sunset.

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Reaching Gran Canaria at sunset

Reaching Gran Canaria at sunset

Reaching Gran Canaria at sunset

Reaching Gran Canaria at sunset

After flight the approach for RWY 03L we were welcomed by the usual “northwind” (360/20G30).

Fighting some crosswind on final RWY 03L into Gran Canaria (W 360/20 G30)

Fighting some crosswind on final RWY 03L into Gran Canaria (W 360/20 G30)

Mission completed

Mission completed

Mission completed. Happy with the experience and with the flight. Could take off again for another ferry flight! Searching a ferry pilot anyone? 😀